There is an inherent beauty in the way that Jamie Mortara writes. The air of vulnerability that permeates their work is genuine and palpable, and it welcomes the open-minded reader. In their second collection with YesYes Books, Good Morning America I am Hungry and On Fire, Mortara guides their audience through the briar patch of recovery, sobriety, love, death, and learning to live again.
I was lucky enough to sit and speak with Mortara, whose career I have been ch
The magic of poetry lives in how digestible it becomes once we imbibe it. Words melt in the mouth when a poet places them on our tongues. The Beauty, an amuse-bouche of tender, lyrical reflection, captures Jane Hirshfield’s unique flavor. Each piece is a morsel, handcrafted and delicately assembled to produce a tableau of unwavering spirit and powerful self-awareness. As evident in her poetry, Hirshfield is prolific in reflecting on the nature of the human condition. She has
Celebrated for the breakthrough success of his Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Sympathizer, Viet Thanh Nguyen returns with his anthology The Refugees. Considering our country's current political climate regarding immigrants, this collection couldn't have come at a more appropriate time. Nguyen's stories revolve almost exclusively around 1st- and 2nd-generation Vietnamese families who find that even though they escaped the reaches of Communism in their own country, they face
Powerfully dreamy and occasionally haunting, Dalton Day’s poetry book Interglacials is a separate reality made of tender, unformed memories and dogs that grow on trees. Every word builds an amalgam of mystery and curiosity, weaving the reader directly into the art. The collection creates an experience that feels both unique and inherently familiar. Dalton Day uses each page to develop a slow intimacy, one that blooms like a photograph dipped in chemicals. Dozens of lines are
Based on the Peruvian civil war, Blood of the Dawn is a delirious, harrowing onslaught of mixed allegiances and betrayals, punctuated with machete chops and the machine gun’s staccato call. Claudia Salazar Jiménez, argues for the freedom not only of Peru, but also for the freedom of its women and their pursuits, some of whom joined the Communist uprising and found themselves to be unwitting volunteers of their worsening privilege.
Jiménez lays the conflict bare wit
It’s been years since a book made me laugh so much. T. Sean Steele’s award-winning novella, Tacky Goblin, is as hilarious as it is weird. To put it as simply as possible, the story follows Travis back and forth from his parents’ house in Chicago to the flats of LA where his morbid, murderous sister, Kim, lives.
It’s difficult to place exactly what kind of book Tacky Goblin is without completely misrepresenting it, so when assertive mold spots begin talking to Travi
One of the most enduring gifts of poetry is its ability to offer perspectives that might otherwise have been unavailable to the reader. Like a window, some poets grant us the opportunity to experience a completely unknown way of life, offering a privileged glance inside of a world that can feel overwhelming and, occasionally, unwelcoming. Ocean Vuong’s first full-length collection with Copper Canyon Press, Night Sky with Exit Wounds, is an ingenuitive balance of empathy and i
Do you ever have those awkward moments when you zone out and realize too late that you were staring at someone the whole time? Do you find yourself wanting to better articulate your thoughts during a conversation? Are you the kind of person who, after spending time out with people, needs to retreat to a quiet place alone to recharge and analyze the events of the day? It’s okay. Margo, the main character of Bonnie Jo Campbell’s national bestseller Once Upon a River, does too.
Poet, cultural critic, essayist, sports fan, music fiend, and “relentless Ohioan,” Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib, celebrated the release of his first book of poetry, The Crown Ain’t Worth Much, Wednesday, Oct. 12, at The Silver Room in Hyde Park. It may seem out of place to include a laundry list of adjectives and qualifiers to describe someone who is releasing a book of poetry, but for Willis-Abdurraqib, it’s necessary. When published works and poems have titles like “Loving Me is
With some of his short stories originally published in prominent journals such as The New Yorker and The Paris Review and also drafted into the revered annals of The Best American Short Stories, Junot Díaz cherrypicks from his acclaimed stories and combines them with others to create his anthology Drown. This collection takes us from the hot, dusty neighborhoods of a poor Dominican barrio to the freezing, cockroach-infested apartments of New York. Throughout Drown, we watch Y